Corsair V128 Nova Review
ATTO Disk Benchmark
ATTO is one of the best SSD tests around. Many HDD based testers can't handle SSDs easily, but ATTO handles them with aplomb.
In our read tests the performance of both drives is very similar, with the Corsair just missing its 270MB/s acclaimed performance, but still handily smashing past the 250MB/s barrier. Blazing speed doesn't begin to cover it.
In write tests it was even more impressive. Corsair claim 195MB/s but we saw 197MB/s come up regularly.
The main point of note here is the huge difference between the Corsair and the Crucial when dealing with very large or very small segments. Although the Crucial M225 has a lead between 128K and 1024K, at the other extremes it's well behind the Corsair Nova.
Crystal Disk Mark
New to our testing is Crystal Disk Mark 3.0. This has added two new features, 64bit support and the QD32 test. With such a huge file chunk, and a different method of testing, neither drive match the pure speed of the ATTO test, but the results are similar with the Corsair Nova proving to be one of the best performing drives we've seen.
As plain old speed tests can become tiresome, especially with SSDs which have a certain performance and pretty much any test will hit it, here we're using Everest Ultimate to plot a read graph so you can see that the sustained transfer performance is just as impressive as the out and out speed.
PC Mark Vantage
As a reviewer you have a love/hate relationships with benchmarking software. On the one hand they give you hard and fast results which is something we all adore. But on the other hand they do take up enormous amount of time. After all, the best way to get a result is to run a test that is repeatable, and this repeatability takes time. PC Mark Vantage is one of those packages that breaks this rule by covering so many different real-world tests that it saves time and is a boon to testing the performance of a system.
In every test the Corsair was noticeably faster and "snappier" than the Crucial. Considering that the Crucial is by no means a slow drive this is impressive indeed.
Finally we'll look at some game loading times.